Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Paddle the Clybucca Wetlands Saturday May 26Note: May 26 not May 27th

Paddle the Clybucca Wetlands

Dawn Walker video: Save NSW's Forests

NSW is home to some of the most diverse forests on the planet, but our precious forests are being destroyed by the State Government - pushing our wildlife, like koalas towards extinction.

A short, but not sweet message, applicable to all NSW forests.

The LibNats are working stealthily towards hospital privatisation. Video by Dawn Walker MP

You will pay more for your medical treatment when hospitals are fully privatised.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Students must not foot the bill for rorting private VET sector

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to waive the debts unknowingly incurred by young Australians hoodwinked by private VET providers.

"The rampant rorting of the VET system is one of the most extraordinary and damning examples of failed privatisation that Australia has ever seen," Greens education spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Young people and students should not be punished with existing debts for education and training they never received from dodgy institutions.

End cruel live animal exports

animal welfare
Live animal exports are cruel and the Greens have proposed a five point transition plan to end the practice, says Member for Ballina Tamara Smith.

"Our farmers face many difficulties, including an ever-warming planet, but the damage to our reputation from live exports truly threatens the long term viability of the sheep meat industry," said Ms Smith.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The government adopted another part of the Australian Greens banking policy

"We've been fighting so hard to get the financial sector cleaned up. Today the government adopted another part of the Australian Greens banking policy we took to the 2016 election. Labor and the Liberals are welcome to adopt all of it if they want. They can find what is left to implement here:…/morrison-adop…"

Senator Whish-Wilson

National Energy Guarantee negotiations yet to address key issues: ACT

ACT Greens re National Energy Guarantee
Ahead of today’s Energy Council meeting, the ACT has again reiterated serious concerns about the 'National Energy Guarantee' (NEG) and called for serious changes to ensure a deal can be done.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Guardian: Richard Flanagan Opinion- Indigenous Australia, Anzac Day, the descent of democracy

Indigenous Australia, Anzac Day, the descent of democracy – in a National Press Club address Flanagan examines a divided Australia which he says can be free only if it faces up to its past

Read The Guardian article.

Richard Flanagan: 'Our politics is a dreadful black comedy' – press club speech in full

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Trump's TPP backflip makes a bad deal worse

 Senator Di Natale
Reports that US President Donald Trump is looking to join the revived TPP are bad news for Australia’s economy and democracy, Australian Greens trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“Many of the worst features of the first dud deal were put on ice as an attempt to build a new deal out of the rubble. But everything that’s on ice gets defrosted if the US comes back to the table,” she said.

Government must rule out being part of any new Syria air strikes

Greens Defence spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson has called upon the Government to rule out any future military involvement in Syrian air strikes.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Australia’s interests are not served by reflexively joining in any illegal military action in Syria.

Greens announce national plan to legalise cannabis for adult use

Greens Leader Dr Richard Di Natale will today announce the party’s plan to legalise cannabis for adult use. Dr Di Natale said our current approach to drugs in this country is an unmitigated disaster and that it is time for real reform.

“The war on drugs has failed. Governments around the world are realising that prohibition of cannabis causes more harm than it prevents. It’s time Australia joined them and legalised cannabis for adult use,” Dr Di Natale said.

Study should trigger increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance: Greens

The Australian Greens have renewed their calls for an increase in Newstart and Youth Allowance following more evidence of the inadequacy of the payments. The latest study released today which shows family costs are significantly higher than previously thought should trigger an increase to Newstart and Youth Allowance.  

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Video on Cadia dam collapse goes viral

A video showing footage of the recent collapse of the Cadia gold mine northern tailings dam has gone viral on social media with over 50,000 views within in less than 24 hours, indicating great public concern about the potential for long term pollution problems in the Lachlan River if the toxic mine tailings are not contained.

Vote for Dawn Walker

"Use your vote to keep a strong woman in State Parliament."

Friday, 13 April 2018

Greens call for halt to water mining in Tweed Valley

Dawn Walker MLC
NSW Greens MP and North Coast spokesperson, Dawn Walker has spoken out over large-scale water mining in the Tweed Valley in State Parliament this week due concerns over impacts on underground water resources, alleged poor compliance with extraction licenses and the damage caused by heavy vehicles.

"Water is our most precious resource and gigalitres of water beneath Tweed Valley is being sucked up and bottled for commercial profit, leaving the community high and dry with the impacts. Water mining licences are being handed out by the Government without adequate monitoring and in many cases, water meters haven't even been installed.